My Favorite Podcasts
When you work in an office staring at a computer for 8+ hours a day, 40+ hours a week, you need to listen to something to get you through the day. Obviously, as a founder of a country music website, that's what I'm mostly listening to. However, I am also subscribed to a lot of podcasts. I like what I like, and I promote what I believe deserves the spotlight. A lot of these podcasts have tens or hundreds of thousands of listeners, but podcasts are still a somewhat niche market, so if you aren't into podcasts, I suggest getting into some of them.
Country Music Podcasts
Obviously, I've got to listen to a few of these. Country music is the genre pumping into my eardrums 97% of the time, so I have to keep up with what's going on in the world of country.
Whiskey Riff Raff
The two co-founders of Whiskey Riff began this podcast a few months ago and have told funny stories about their time spent in Nashville, proposing to a girlfriend, terrible jobs, and getting a lot of hate from the internet (including us). Kevin and I have met Wes a handful of times, and even though we don't always agree on our taste in music, these two have the same passion for music as we do.
The Wheeler Walker Jr. Podcast
Comedian Ben Hoffman has made a career as his vulgar persona Wheeler Walker Jr., whose discography spans two hilariously inappropriate albums. He has gotten into twitter battles with famous bro country stars such as Dylan Scott, had a short-lived feud with rival artist Luke Combs, and claims that Sturgill Simpson is working for the CIA. Each episode is a great interview with a different respected country artist, from Chris Stapleton to Dierks Bentley to Paul Cauthen. Wheeler drops character a little bit to have a good conversation with each artist, so don't think it's a half hour of talking about hooking up with women and being the king of... well, you know..
The Hodge Podgecast (obviously)
I can't not promote our own podcast. Kevin and I take a look at one artist we like every week and talk about their stronger songs and some of the weaker ones we wish they hadn't recorded. We also take shots at the mainstream and don't mind angering some folks as long as we stick to our guns and back what we say. And since we had our podcast before the other two, I'm gonna just say they copied us ;)
Sometimes I look like an idiot laughing to myself at my desk at work, but it's worth it when I'm listening to these hilarious and improvised podcasts. Check them out if you're looking for a good laugh and have a dumb sense of humor like myself.
Monday Morning Podcast
Bill Burr is one of my favorite comedians because he is not afraid to make people angry. He says what's on his mind, whether it's sports, TV, movies, or even country music. He answers listener questions and sometimes has his lovely wife on to help him with the tougher ones.
Do Go On
The first of many Australian podcasts that I will mention on this list, Do Go On is an incredibly funny podcast hosted by comedians Matt Stewart, Jess "Bop" Perkins, and Dave Warneke. Every week, one of the three does a report on a random subject from a random point in history and they all riff and improvise from there. It's funny and informative!
Aunty Donna Podcast
Aunty Donna is one of the top improv groups in Australia. Each episode is about a half hour long and entirely improvised. Their humor is incredibly random and the rule of threes has never stopped them from continuing a joke farther than it should ever go.
Comedy Bang Bang: The Podcast
Emmy-winning host Scott Aukerman is already 500 episodes deep in this improvised talk show-esque podcast where he will have a guest and a character come on and tell stories. Regular guests include Jason Mantzoukas, Paul F Tompkins, Lauren Lapkus, and Nick Kroll.
How Did This Get Made?
Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, and Jason Mantzoukas host the greatest worst movie podcast on the internet. Every other week, you are told what movie to watch and then listen to the three and a guest discuss how awful the movie was and ask the question "how did this get made?" Movies have included Fast 5-8, Sharknado, The Running Man, and Spider-Man 3.
The Joe Rogan Experience
I'll admit that this is not a podcast that I listen to every episode of. Some episodes eclipse 4 hours and most are well over 3. When Joe Rogan has previous members of the Church of Scientology or conservatives who are banned from college campuses on, it always leads to interesting conversations. I always suggest that everyone should listen to the Colin Moriarty or Wheeler Walker Jr episode.
Hold On with Eugene Mirman
Eugene Mirman, of Bob's Burgers fame, recently began an enjoyable podcast where he listens to a story by a comedian or actor and pauses to ask questions. Guests have included Weird Al, Lisa Lampanelli, and Kumail Nanjiani.
On top of being obsessed with country music, I also love movies and video games. If you love them as much as me, these podcasts are worth checking out.
Cracked Movie Club
Every month is a new director. Every week is a new movie. With one month under this podcasts belt, Cracked Movie Club has covered Steven Spielberg and is about to tackle Christopher Nolan. Behind the scenes facts about movies such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., Jaws, and Jurassic Park. If you're the kind of person who reads the IMDb trivia every single time you watch a movie or TV show, this is a podcast you want to listen to.
The Weekly Planet
Another podcast from down under, Mr. Sunday Movies and Nick Mason cover all news from comic books to comic book movies to video games (sometimes). If you're a nerd like me, you will enjoy hearing them discuss all things Marvel and DC.
Video Game Podcasts
IGN is my go-to for all things video games, so it's no surprise that their podcasts are the same. Various IGN editors chat every week about all things video games. On top of that, I listen to another Australian podcast (surprise).
IGN's Playstation podcast, hosted by Max Scoville, Brian Altano, Marty Sliva, Alanah Pearce, and occasional others, is the best place to go if you're in the Sony camp of video game love. Never taken seriously, it's a good place to hear news and have a good laugh.
IGN's Xbox podcast, hosted by Ryan McCaffrey, Destin Legarie, Marty Sliva, and Alanah Pearce, is the best place to go if you rest in the Microsoft camp. News, trivia, and Duke Nukem impressions galore.
Nintendo Voice Chat
IGN's Nintendo podcast, hosted by Peer Schneider, Brian Altano, Zachary Ryan, and other rotating guests, is the best place to go if rest in the Nintendo camp. No one will talk your ear off about Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild more than these folks.
IGN's all-in-one podcast, hosted by Daemon Hatfield, Justin Davis, Sam Claiborn, and others, is the go-to podcast if you just love video games. they never spend too much time in one camp and love every console. Try to play along with video game 20 questions, which I never get right.
Filthy Casuals with Tommy Dassalo, Ben Vernel and Adam Knox
Hosted by Tommy Dassalo, Adam Knox, and Ben Vernel, the final Australian podcast that I love is also funny video games podcast. While they lean towards Nintendo and Sony, they discuss and joke about all things video games. Hilarious and vulgar, it's worth a listen.
True Crime Podcasts
I might be a little messed up, but I don't know. I find true crime fascinating and love hearing about it. Check these out if you find it interesting too.
My Favorite Murder
New to this podcast, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark manage to make brutal rapes and murders funny. Maybe I have a dark sense of humor, but if you're interested in the psychology of histories deadliest serial killers, this podcast is worth your time.
While this podcast isn't currently producing new episodes, the 12 part series explores the history of the Boston Strangler, who murdered 13 women in the Boston area from 1962 to 1964. It includes actual interviews with people involved.